Lake Tenkiller, OK

  • Birch Lake

    Birch LakeThe dam site is at mile 0.8 of Birch Creek approximately one and one half miles south of the of the town of Barnsdall and about twenty miles southwest of the city of Bartlesville.

    The region in which Birch Lake is located offers outdoor sportsmen excellent opportunities for year-round ... Birch Lake

  • Copan Lake

    Copan Lake Copan Lake offers the visitors extensive opportunities for a memorable outdoor recreation experience with 5,000 acres of water and 11,000 acres for hunting. Overnight accommodations, services and supplies are available at convenient locations on access roads leading to the Corps of Engineers ... Copan Lake
  • Eufaula Lake

    Eufaula LakeOklahoma's largest man-made lake, Lake Eufaula, was completed in 1964 for water control for flooding and water level for the Arkansas River Waterway. The lake covers much of McIntosh and Pittsburg County and is a fabulous tourist and resort attraction with two beautiful theme type lodges. ... Eufaula Lake
  • Hulah Lake

    Hulah LakeHulah Lake lies in the upper reaches of the high rounded Osage Hills, and was named after the nearby community of Hulah, which was established in 1918. The name is derived from the Osage Indian word Hulah meaning "eagle". Hulah Lake is located in a farming and ranching community where grazing ... Hulah Lake
  • Oologah Lake

    Oologah LakeOologah Lake provides a great getaway for fishing, boating, picnicking, camping or just driftin' and dreaming over the sky blue waters. Oologah Lake is one of the best sailing lakes in the southwest, with 29,500 acres of water lying north and south. The lake is popular for all types of boating and ... Oologah Lake
  • Keystone Lake

    Keystone LakeKeystone Lake's blue-green water and the natural beauty of its setting -- wooded shoreline, sandy beaches, high bluffs, grasslands, and low rolling hills -- make it a visual treat the year round. The lake meanders into small valleys, creating many arms and land fingers. A network of county, state, ... Keystone Lake
  • Skiatook Lake

    Skiatook LakeSkiatook Lake has a surface area of about 10,500 acres and 160 miles of shoreline, and has become well-known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the area. Gentle rolling hills of Blackjack and Post Oak interspersed with Tall Grass Prairie surround beautiful Skiatook Lake. The meandering shoreline ... Skiatook Lake
  • Okmulgee Lake

    Okmulgee LakeOkmulgee Lake was built in 1926 as a water project for the City of Okmulgee, and covers 668 acres with 19 miles of shoreline. The lake is picturesque, functional, and offers many types of outdoor recreation. Several recreation areas along the east side of the shore offer camping, nature trails, ... Okmulgee Lake
  • Dripping Springs Lake

    Dripping Springs Lake Dripping Springs Lake is located above Okmulgee Lake on a large watershed and is a definite contrast to Okmulgee Lake with a flat shoreline of 18 miles, and much shallower water pool covering 1,100 acres. No water skiing is allowed. Constructed by the Soil Conservation Service around 1980, ... Dripping Springs Lake
  • Lake Tenkiller

    The Lake Tenkiller Ferry Dam is named for the Cherokee family from whom the land and ferry were obtained to build the dam. The Tenkillers were prominent Cherokees. It is said the Cherokee warrior was given his name by the white soldiers and pioneers at Ft. Gibson because of the ten notches on this ... Lake Tenkiller
  • Lake Hudson

    Lake HudsonLake Hudson is one of only two lakes in Oklahoma where a resident can own lakefront property on the water's edge, is second in a chain of three lakes along the Grand River, has 200 miles of panoramic shoreline and has about 12,000 acres of water for the pleasure of recreational enthusiasts. Many ... Lake Hudson
  • Fort Gibson Lake

    Fort Gibson LakeWhether you're looking to relax in a secluded resort, hide away in a cozy cabin or pitch a tent, remember the Oklahoma sun, skies and hospitality of the Fort Gibson Lake area. You'll find 26 parks and recreational areas on the water. Eight marinas with concessions, lake cabins, on-the-water dining ... Fort Gibson Lake
  • Robert S. Kerr Lake

    Robert S. Kerr Lake The lake area is beautiful any time of the year. It is especially scenic when flowering shrubs and leaf buds decorate the landscape with a soft glow in spring, or when the brilliant colors of fall start to unfold. For young and old alike Kerr Lake has a variety of recreation for everyone, from ... Robert S. Kerr Lake
  • Grand Lake

    Grand Lake Grand Lake O' The Cherokees is one of the premiere lakes in the Midwest and the crown jewel of a chain of lakes in the northeastern Oklahoma region. It was created in 1940 with GRDA's completion of Pensacola Dam. Its 46,500 surface acres of water are ideal for boating, skiing, fishing, swimming ... Grand Lake
  • Spavinaw Lake

    Spavinaw Lake Spavinaw Lake has 1,637 surface acres and 20 miles of shoreline with black bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. There are boat ramps, marina, picnic area, swimming beach, outdoor grills, restrooms, and pavillions. ... Spavinaw Lake
  • Sooner Lake

    Sooner Lake is one of Oklahoma's premier bass lakes. In fact, the first Oklahoma stocking of Florida's occurred in 1977 at Sooner Lake. This power plant lake offers great fishing, and is known for excellent hybrid striped bass fishing. Its primary use is a cooling reservoir for the coal fired ... Sooner Lake
  • Lake Eucha

    Lake Eucha is located in Delaware County and has 2,812 surface acres of water. There is 49 miles of shoreline. Swimming in the lake is not allowed nor skiing or diving. Lake Eucha is a fishing lake only. There is a swimming pool at Lake Eucha State Park. There are boat ramps, docks, a ... Lake Eucha
  • Kaw Lake

    Kaw Lake Kaw Lake's beauty is like a beacon urging you to come romp and play in nature's playground. Here you won't find wall-to-wall houses, you'll find well-designed public campgrounds tucked into the many coves and inlets. You won't find traffic jams or hear screeching tires, but you will find roads ... Kaw Lake

Lake Tenkiller Fishingmore

Tenkiller Fishing
Year-round fishing at Tenkiller Lake is good with black bass, white bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish, bream and walleye, with rainbow and brown trout stocked in the Illinois River below the dam. The trout fishery on the river attracts many visitors, as does the Illinois River above the lake which attracts canoeist and rafters. Three heated fishing docks offer winter fun for crappie fishing.

Lake Tenkiller is a popular lake for fishing tournaments. Striped bass are also common in the lower Illinois River with several state record fish coming from its waters. The current state record was caught in July 1996 by Louis Parker of Gore. Fishing is a year-round activity with each season producing its own challenges.

Spring - White bass (sandies) provide excellent fishing opportunities in the spring as they head for the upper Illinois River to spawn. Carter's Landing to Horseshoe Bend is an excellent area to catch the spring run. Crappie fishing is usually best in the spring as the fish prepare for spawning. Look for small pea gravel type banks and shallow willow trees.

Summer - Largemouth bass move to deeper water during the hot summer months. Night fishing is popular due to the heavy day use on the lake. Smallmouth bass provide some scrappy fighting in the summer. Most successful areas to catch smallmouth bass are in the upper Illinois River and Baron Fork Creek. White bass begin to school during the summer months. Areas near Cookson, Chicken Creek, and Snake Creek are good choices. Crappie can be found in deep water during the hot summer months. Catfishing really picks up during the summer. Fishing the deep water near mud flats around Pettit Bay, Standing Rock and Carter's Landing are excellent choices.

Fall - Largemouth bass return to the shallows as water temperatures start to cool back down. White bass can be caught along the windy, rocky points. Crappie move back to the shallows and can be found on submerged brush. Catfishing is good in ten to twenty feet of water.

Winter - Largemouth bass seek deep water for winter months. Fish deep underwater structures. White bass also seek deeper water. Crappie can be caught from one of the heated fishing docks around the lake.

Lake Tenkiller Huntingmore

Tenkiller Hunting
Tenkiller HuntingHunting opportunities are abundant around Tenkiller. This area is ranked 2nd in Oklahoma for number of deer taken during deer season. Project lands are open for public hunting, except for developed recreational areas and lands in the vicinity of the dam and other project structures. Approximately 2,590 acres of project land are licensed to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife conservation for a State Game Management Area. An additional attraction is the Gruber Public Hunting Area and the Cherokee Game Refuge on old Camp Gruber near the western shore of the lake.

Principal game species include whitetail deer, bobwhite quail, mourning dove, duck, geese, cottontail rabbit, and squirrel. Public hunting maps showing both Corps and State area open for hunting are available from the Tenkiller Lake Project Office near the dam or from the Greater Tenkiller Area Association office in Keys.

Lake Tenkiller Campgroundsmore

Tenkiller Corps Parks
With almost 1,400 acres available for camping around Lake Tenkiller and along the Upper and Lower Illinois River, the Tenkiller area is the camper's paradise. With two state parks and many campgrounds that are privately owned or managed by the U.S. Corps of engineers, there is room for everyone with a range of facilities from RV hookups to the most primitive settings of your choosing. The parks have boat ramps, restrooms equipped with showers, picnic shelters and tables, drinking fountains, swimming areas, playgrounds, and grills. Handicap accessible sites are also available. Group camping areas are plentiful and packages may be arranged by calling any of the state parks or private sectors.

Carters Landing - Carter's Landing sits on the banks of the upper Illinois River approximately 2 1/2 miles north of the main body of the lake. For those who like to "camp on the river" this is a great campground to choose. With the recent improvements in the park, including the addition of a year-round camp host, this area has become a favorite for many campers and is quickly gaining in popularity. Carter's Landing is located approximately 12 miles south of Tahlequah off of Highway 82. Turn at Carter's Landing restaurant and the road will take you straight to the park.

Class Designation: B - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: Year round.

10 Sites, Elec/Water - $11.00
15 Non-Utility Sites - $8.00

Chicken Creek - Chicken Creek is located on the main body of the lake. This park is manned by gate attendants from April 1 to September 30. The park consists of 102 campsites. Sixty-six of these sites are reservable through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Chicken Creek is located on the east side of the lake off of Highway 82. The park is approximately 15 miles north of Interstate 40 (turn at the Vian exit), and is approximately 20 miles south of Tahlequah.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: Year Round

36 Sites, Elec/Water - $12.00 to $18.00
67 Sites, Elec. only - $11.00 to $14.00

Cookson Bend - Cookson Bend is located on the main body of the lake. This park is manned by gate attendants for April 1 through September 30. This park consists of 126 electric and non-electric campsites. Ninety-one of these sites may be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Cookson Bend is located on the east side of the lake off of Highway 82, approximately 19 miles north of I-40 and 17 miles south of Tahlequah.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Swim Beach, Playground, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: Year Round

17 Sites, Elec/Water - $11.00 to $18.00
45 Sites, Elec. only - $14.00 to $15.00
64 Non-Utiltiy Sites - $7.00 to $10.00

Elk Creek Landing - This park is located on the north end of the lake off of Highway 82 approximately 12 miles south of Tahlequah. A favorite by many, this campground gets a lot of use even in the cool season.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: Year Round

18 Sites, Elec. only - $11.00 to $14.00
23 Non-Utility Sites - $7.00 to $10.00

Pettit Bay - This park is located on the west side of the lake off of Indian road approximately 11 miles south of Tahlequah. The park in the past was actually run as two different parks due to the marina being located between two areas of the park. Now the park is run as one. The two areas are known as Pettit Bay I and Pettit Bay II. Pettit Bay I is located on the north side of the campground or to the right as you pass the gate shack. Pettit Bay II is located on the south side and to the left past the gate shack. Pettit Bay I contains non-reservable campsites, while the campsites in Pettit Bay II may be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation Service.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marian, Heated Fishing Dock.

Park Opens: Year Round

7 Sites, Elec/Water - $15.00 to $18.00 21 0 63 7
63 Sites, Elec. only - $11.00 to $14.00
21 Non-Utility Sites - $7.00 to $10.00
7 Handicapped Accessible Sites - $15.00 - $18.00

Sizemore Landing - This park is located on Indian Road approximately 14 miles south of Tahlequah. This is a favorite park for tent campers who don't mind a waterless campground.

Class Designation: C - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites, Restrooms, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: Year Round

32 Non-Utility Sites - $5.00

Snake Creek Cove - This park is located on Highway 82 on the southeast side of the lake. This is a favorite spot for lots of swimmers and RV users. This park is manned by gate attendants from April 1 through September 31 each year. Park gates open at 6:00 a.m. and the entrance gate is locked at 10:00 p.m.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec.only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: Year Round

10 Sites, Elec. only - $11.00 to $18.00
3 Non-Utility Sites - $7.00 to $10.00
4 Handicapped Accessible Sites - $15.00 to $18.00

Standing Rock - This park is located on the east side of the lake off of highway 82 north of Cookson. This park is overseen by a group of individuals that live nearby who have taken the responsibility to keep the park clean. There are no fees collected in this area. This is a favorite park for tent campers and day users who want a quiet place to camp or fish.

Class Designation: No Status - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: 10 Designated Campsites/non-utility, Restrooms, Hiking Nature Trail, Boat Ramp, Free Campsites.

Park Opens: Year Round

Strayhorn Landing - This park is a favorite of the older crowds during most of the year. It's a quiet park except for the Fourth of July when the campers get together and have their yearly parade. The parade participants have grown in number over the past couple of years to where the parade has expanded itself to include a pass through the Fin and Feather resort area and nearby neighborhood. This park is located a few miles north of the dam off of Highway 10a.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Swim Beach, Playground, Boat Ramp, Marina.

Park Opens: Year Round

40 Sites, Elec/Water - $15.00
2 Handicapped Accessible Sites - $18.00

Lake Tenkiller State Parksmore

Cherokee Landing State Park
Cherokee Landing State ParkCherokee Landing State Park is open year round with 120 electric/water hookups, 50 primitive sites, restrooms/showers, sanitary dump station, picnic areas, group shelters, boat ramp, swimming beach, softball, playground and handicap accessible fishing dock.

Lake Tenkiller State Parksmore

Tenkiller State Park
Tenkiller State ParkLocated near the dam of scenic Lake Tenkiller, this State Park occupies 1,190 acres of land and is a recreation mecca. The magnificent limestone cliffs, crystal clear lake, and abundant water sports (including scuba diving) draw countless visitors each year. Tenkiller Ferry Dam is Oklahoma's second tallest, at 97 feet. Tenkiller offers 39 lake view cabins built of native stone and timber.

There is a new kid's fishing pond, stocked regularly for the young ones, a new bird blind, new hiking trails, for the adventurous, and the nature center with live displays and learning experiences.

The park offers ten camping areas with 240 campsites ranging from modern to primitive, depending upon your camping pleasure. Tenkiller State Park is open year round with restrooms/showers, sanitary dump stations, community building, nature center, boat ramps, marina with boat rentals, gift shop, restaurant, swimming beach and pool, scuba diving.

Four areas within the park offer the RV'er a choice of locations to stay. Fox Squirrel has 26 modern sites (16 pull thrus and one handicapped accessible); Flying Squirrel has 27 semi-modern sites; Shady Grove has 11 modern sites of which 8 are pull thrus Blue Jay Knob has 23 semi-modern sites (4 pull thrus and one handicapped accessible.)

There are approximately 150 unimproved sites in Bluff View, Cedar Ridge, Fisherman's Point, Eagle Point, Goose Neck Bend North and South and Hickory Flats camping areas.

Discount Camping rates are offered to senior citizens 62 or older from reciprocal states, totally disabled persons, Good Sam members, Family Campers, RV Organizations and CEO members. Some restrictions may apply.

Lake Tenkiller Cabinsmore

Tenkiller State Park Cabins
Tenkiller State Park CabinsTenkiller State Park offers 39 cabins, some with a lake view while others have a park view. The cabins sit high atop limestone cliffs at the south end of Lake Tenkiller in a beautiful state park setting. The cabins are of a duplex style with shared outdoor grill and picnic table outside.

There are 23 one-bedroom cabins which sleep four. Some have fireplaces. A hide-a-bed in the living room and full size appliances are part of the furnishings. Sixteen cabins are two-bedroom; sleeping six.

There is one 3-bedroom cabin, sleeping 10. This cabin features a deck across the back and a lake view. A hide-a-bed in the living room and full size appliances are part of the furnishings.

All cabins feature living areas as well as kitchens equipped with cookware, dishes, etc. and are set up for light housekeeping. Cabins are not equipped with telephones, but televisions are available in some cabins.

Tenkiller also offers 10 air conditioned, one room Courtyard Cottages suitable for two. The Courtyard Cottages are motel type rooms with camp-size refrigerators, but no cooking facilities.

Lake Tenkiller Scuba Divingmore

Tenkiller Scuba Diving
Tenkiller Scuba DivingDivers from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and all surrounding states have long labeled the crystal clear waters of Tenkiller as their destination of choice. The mildly sloping hills and rock cliffs are not confined to the land, as they delve into the depths of the lake, they provide an intriguing underwater terrain down to 165 feet deep, making Tenkiller one of the deepest lakes in the area.

The lake offers the perfect environment for every diver from novice to the most adept instructors. There are a few dive shops to choose from to obtain a certification, rent or purchase equipment, or find out where to explore. Tenkiller offers an assortment of wonderful diving possibilities. There are several islands that are superior dive sites for discovering overhangs so dramatic that they could pass for caves or partaking in spear fishing, for any fish that is not a game fish. There have been catfish speared as large as 65 pounds!!! Remember to obtain your Oklahoma fishing license before heading down!

To make the lake even more intriguing, local history was buried in water from the formation of the lake. When the Illinois River was flooded, a town was left behind. Home sites are still accessible, where you might find some artifacts left behind by the settlers. Horseshoes, buggies, roads, houses, farm equipment, personal possessions that leave room for imagining about these past lives are all protected by state law, and may not be removed, but can certainly be admired and enjoyed. There is even an old jailhouse, wagon wheels, and rare artifacts such as Native American pottery, jewelry, and arrowheads.

Divers travel to Tenkiller to experience the clear, blue waters that give you a visibility range of eight to thirty five feet. Water temperatures reach ninety degrees in the summer and reach it's lowest at thirty in the winter. Pick a season and come with or without a wetsuit!

Lake Tenkiller Nature Centersmore

Tenkiller State Park Nature Center
Tenkiller State Park Nature CenterTenkiller State Park Nature Center is staffed by volunteers and a naturalist and is open 7 days a week in the summer. The park naturalist conducts activities at the nature center located at the cabin office and visitor center. Arts and crafts, snake exhibits, insect displays, aquariums, living bee hive and other displays make this an enjoyable stop while visiting the park. Outside, you can view a watchable wildlife area complete with running stream and ponds.

Programs on topics from birdwatching to tree identification to animal habitat are scheduled throughout the summer along with living history re-enactments, avian productivity, survivorship, banding, and more. Activities such as arts and crafts and games will also be available during the summer. A short nature trail is being developed that travels along a rock bluff and by the lake. Guided tours are available.

Lake Tenkiller Trailsmore

Tenkiller Hiking Trails
Spectacular rock formations, huge boulders, and frequent glimpses of the lake can be seen along Standing Rock Nature Trail. The trail (about 1 1/4 miles in length) is made up of two loops, each with two segments of shorter trails - Big Pine and Three sisters on the first loop, and Big Cedar and Hi-Knob on the second loop. Much of the old world atmosphere prevails on the winding trail over hills and valleys in the Standing Rock area.

The Buzzard Roost Trail at Cato Creek Landing (11/2 miles in length) winds along a circular pathway beside a creek. It features a buzzard roost on a high bluff, a spring that was once a source of water for Indians living in the valley, an old military wagon road, and a wooden foot bridge supported by large limestone boulders. At a point one-fourth of the way to the trail's end, the two segments come within a few feet of each other allowing persons who prefer not to walk the entire trail to turn back, yet be on a different pathway.

The Overlook Nature Trail is located at the Tenkiller Dam Overlook. The trail consists of two segments. The first segment of the trail (11/4 miles in length) winds through the woods from the Overlook to Highway 10A (near the Methodist Boys Ranch). The second segment of the trail continues on from Highway 10A and ends at Strayhorn Public Use Area. The trail winds through the woods with several foot bridges, rock formations, and creeks located along its length. A variety of wildlife such as squirrels and deer are also frequently seen along the trail.

Lake Tenkiller Map

Lake Tenkiller Information

Fees: Park Permit Required

Location: 8 miles N of I-40 along Hwy 82

Contact: 918-487-5252